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Why LOLcats Matter in Politics

Feb 19, 2013 9:06 AM PT

Professor Bill Jacobson at Legal Insurrection had a must read post this weekend that I felt compelled to draw to everyone's attention.  It brilliantly lays out a great example of how memes and internet culture pervade politics, especially when done intentionally and strategically.  This is a point in a larger picture that I myself have been trying to stress to activists in the movement - it's all about the culture.

There is nothing like Upworthy or BuzzFeed on the right.  The closest we have come is Twitchy, Michelle Malkin’s brilliant website.

Are you surprised that Obama won the youth vote even though his policies are a complete disaster for the young?

We are losing the fight to the lowest of low information voters, who are pushed toward a liberal agenda by very smart and talented people who understand the power of social media in a way we don’t.

So often when I ask readers to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, I’m met with comments about privacy concerns on Facebook and “I don’t do Twitter” type responses.  Fair enough, but at least understand the swarm effect a website like Upworthy can create based on dumbed-down politically-savvy social media interactions, and how that swarm may result in Elizabeth Warren being on the Democratic 2016 ticket if Hillary doesn’t run.

When I read about plans for Republicans planning to narrow the digital divide, I can’t help thinking we are fighting the last war.

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Todd Akin (R-MO) again?

Feb 19, 2013 8:40 AM PT

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) voted most conservative member of the House in 2012 according to National Journal.

No Republican politician should ever, ever, ever ... did I say ever, use the words "legitimate" and "rape" in the same sentence, paragraph, hell ... in the same written piece or speech. Are you reading this Mr. Akin?

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Best/worst presidents!

Feb 18, 2013 6:31 PM PT

My favorite is James Madison, though most of the "experts" put Washington and Lincoln at the top.

Where does Obama rank? Most of those same "experts" put him somewhere in the second quartile, i.e. not the best but better than average. That strikes me as grade inflation on a massive scale.

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Auto-response: Out of office

Feb 18, 2013 1:59 PM PT

In response to Hey now...:

Thank you for contacting me. I am out of the office for yet another public holiday. When the Tea Party takes over we shall abolish public holidays, because they are public. I shall reply on my return. Thank you.

Protesters Target Chris Christie at Zuckerberg Fundraiser

Feb 18, 2013 1:42 PM PT

If there's anything that may help mitigate some of the anger the right currently has toward Gov. Christie, it's the anger the left has toward him.

Last Week Gov. Christie made a campaign swing through Califiornia. It concluded Wednesday night in Palo Alto with a fundraiser at the home of Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg. A progressive group called CREDO gathered a few dozen noisy activists to protest outside Zuckerberg's home. Video shot by the group itself shows the scene as Condoleeza Rice arrived.

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President's Day: A Day to Remember to Resent Public Unions

Feb 18, 2013 1:05 PM PT

In the almost thirty years I've worked a full-time job and supported myself, never once has an employer of mine offered a President's Day off. And why would they? It's not a real holiday. What we have here is just another holiday exploited by government unions; another Monday where those of us who work out here in the real world go to the mailbox, find there's no mail, and are reminded that, once again, we just spent another day working in order to fund a holiday for government workers.

Pensions, Cadillac health plans, all these obscure holidays gerrymandered to fall on a Monday so the people who are supposed to be working for us get to enjoy yet another three-day weekend…

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The results deficit

Feb 18, 2013 11:27 AM PT

Rep. Stephen Scalise (R-LA), who now chairs the Republican Study Commission, is once again talking about the rather glaring gap between President Obama's 2009 promises and 2013 reality.  "Bigger government is the problem, not the solution.  In the wake of the stimulus, Americans have suffered through higher taxes, a weak jobs market, and the worst economic recovery seen since the Great Depression."

This is a devastating point: just compare our grinding unemployment and stagnant economic growth to Obama's lofty stimulus promises.  We're nowhere near where he promised we would be, if we just gave him $800 billion to "invest."  No private investor could survive such a degree of failure - and of course, none of them gets $800 billion to play with.  At the very least, it's highly likely that the clients of such a lousy investor would take their business elsewhere.

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